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José Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch

José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director for the Americas of the US-based NGO Human Rights Watch spoke recently at an event organized by the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about the current state of human rights in Colombia and Venezuela.

At first glance, Presidents Chávez and Uribe seemingly belong to opposite sides of the political spectrum but, upon closer examination, their government's human rights records share a great deal in common in terms of violations that threaten the rule of law. Mr. Vivanco kindly agreed to an interview over the phone, in which he talks about US foreign policy towards Latin America, human rights issues in Colombia and Venezuela and his recent expulsion from Venezuela.

Listen to the interview: